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Undergraduate research opportunity on scrap tire alternate uses

Findings will help inform environmental policy

University of Delaware undergraduates interested in environmental sustainability are invited to apply for a paid research internship focused on alternate uses for scrap tires in Delaware.

Every year, Delaware produces 750,000 scrap tires, which present several environmental, health and safety hazards to our communities, and preventing them from fouling the environment is a goal. Scrap tire piles are an ideal breeding ground for mosquitos, which often carry diseases. Fires in piles of scrap tires, whether started by arson or lightning strike could take days or weeks to extinguish due to the chemical composition and often stacked nature of scrap tires. Identifying alternate uses for tires is the objective of the project, including uses that may offer economic opportunity, or that could attract new businesses to Delaware

The internship begins in spring 2020, and continues through summer 2020. The project will provide information to Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), and the intern will prepare a report and a presentation for DNREC staff. Applicants should have environmental coursework, and excellent research and communication skills.

The intern will have a UD faculty mentor, Jennie Saxe, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a DNREC mentor, Nicole Hill, of the Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances. The project is a collaboration among the Delaware Environmental Institute, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and DNREC. The application deadline is March 16, 2020.

Students should visit the DENIN Environmental Scholars page for additional information, including a link to the online application. For further information, please visit: http://www.denin.udel.edu/students-page/denin-environmental-scholars/

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